We often hear on these pages the dangers of temptation – whether it is in the workplace or through the internet. Yet there can be few places more full of unspoken temptations than a school.
You don’t need to see a Britney Spears video to know that the combination of authority figures and youngsters just discovering their sexuality is a combustible one in certain circumstances.
Timothy King fell victim to exactly that temptation. A teacher of 10 years standing with what was described as a ‘glittering’ career behind him, his downfall came when he accepted a friend request from one of his pupils on Facebook.
That seemingly innocuous act broke down the fragile formal barrier of trust that exists between teachers and their pupils. Before long, the flirting (as we have seen before) had got out of hand, taken a sexual turn, and led to illicit encounters.
King told the girl his marriage was “under strain” and soon the girl believed that she and her teacher were sharing a meaningful relationship. After some months, the inevitable happened and the girl fell pregnant.
King dropped her off at an adoption clinic but then left her to face the ordeal alone – and even walk back to her house by herself.
Now, in jail for 3 years, marriage presumably in tatters and on the sex offenders’ register for life, King has learnt – like many before him that having an affair is not a matter to be taken lightly.
You have to wonder whether it’s worth it. Sure, there’s the pulsating pleasure of illicit sex – the kind of steaming passion you haven’t felt since you were a desperate teenager… but what when it goes wrong?
GP Colin Shawcross is merely the latest addition to the pile of dead bodies caused by extramarital sex. The good doctor became friends with nurse Julie Hill after taking her out to dinner when she was moving jobs from the Sheffield Hallam hospital.
Of course, you can’t have dinner with a chick these days without it ending up in a hotel room and it was little surprise when the two found themselves in a series of steamy clinches. Dr. Shawcross was unusually frank about his affair – showing a little bit more honour than many of those who’ve found their way onto these pages. He told his wife about the affair and moved out of the family home.
For once, a love that blossomed illicitly seemed to have a bit of hope for the future.
Meanwhile, Hill too confessed to her husband. But rather than the relatively civilised and adult arrangement that the Shawcrosses managed to find for themselves, Hill’s husband took it all rather badly.
In a series of text messages, he threatened suicide until Hill moved back in with him out of fear. But under such circumstances, things could never last. When at last she announced that she was leaving him for good, it unleashed a tidal wave of fury. He smashed her mobile phone against a wall… threw her personal effects from the window… and then set out to find Dr. Shawcross.
We can only speculate what went through the doctor’s mind as the enraged husband approached his car. Seconds later, he was beyond thought – his skull split by a pick-axe handle. After the savage attack, his killer bundled his body into the boot and attempted to bury it in nearby woodland.
The case, as they say, continues.
So another tale of extramarital sex ends in tragedy and death. When will you people learn? But even so – you’re still interested, aren’t you? Why not tell us about it in person before you wind up in these pages as just another statistic…
Ah… if there’s one thing we all like to see it’s a moralising do-gooder brought crashing to earth by the charge of hypocrisy. And they don’t come much more moralising than Pentecostal Bishop of Brentwood Michael Reid. And no – I don’t know what “pentecostal” means.
Remember that fuss about ‘Jerry Springer: The Opera’? Some church got up thousands of signatures decrying the effect this stage show would have on the nation’s morals? Well your man at the head of that was Bishop Reid.
In 2008, he revealed to his stunned congregation that he’d spent the last 8 years having an affair with choir mistress Sheila Graziano.
Forgive us if we take a pause here to make an observation: bwahahahahahahaha!
Since the case came to light, the good Bishop has spent less time fingering his rosaries and more time blaming everyone else for the fact that his erstwhile church has gone to the dogs. Currently, he’s trying to sue for wrongful dismissal. The big doughnut.
Anyway, this case is hardly current but remains a sterling example of how hypocrisy touches all strata of society. Whether you’re Tiger Woods, a respected doctor or a religious leader, the excitement of chasing some tail on the side acn ruin your reputation forever.
Who knows, maybe more of us should just confess to adultery?
“I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.
Although I am a well-known person and have made my career as a professional athlete, I have been dismayed to realize the full extent of what tabloid scrutiny really means. For the last week, my family and I have been hounded to expose intimate details of our personal lives. The stories in particular that physical violence played any role in the car accident were utterly false and malicious. Elin has always done more to support our family and shown more grace than anyone could possibly expect.
But no matter how intense curiosity about public figures can be, there is an important and deep principle at stake which is the right to some simple, human measure of privacy. I realize there are some who don’t share my view on that. But for me, the virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one’s own family. Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn’t have to mean public confessions.
Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it’s difficult.
I will strive to be a better person and the husband and father that my family deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I offer my profound apology.”
Not at golf, you ninny. We couldn’t give a shit about golf. We’re talking about the same thing we always talk about here – adultery.
Yep. Tiger Woods, with his multi-million dollar endorsements and whiter-than-white public image. Now this is still in the realm of official denial, but TMZ (the website that broke the news that Michael Jackson was dead) reports that he spent last night sat on a kerb with a bloody lip after an altercation with his wife. The reason? An alleged affair.
Officially this is all down to some sort of car crash, but word on the street is of an alleged affair and a fight with his wife, who allegedly packs quite a left hook.
It’s been the stuff of internet tittle-tattle for quite a while now, but nothing official as yet. We’re quite surprised at this case though: someone like Woods must have a near monomaniacal devotion to his sport to achieve what he has done.
Yet despite the endless 5 o’clock wake-up calls, hours on the course and watching videos of his swing, he’s apparently managed to find time to boff someone on the wide. And have a wife.
There’s a man with serious issues with his drive. Not the kind of thing David Ledbetter’s going to be able to sort out though. Mind you, I bet he’d like to study the videos.
You play with fire, you get burned. It’s a lesson we learn at mother’s knee, along with not beating our sister and not eating the yellow snow. Some people must wish they’d got some more directly useful advice like “don’t screw around if you’re partner’s a bit unbalanced”.
Lesley Ann Bennett of Harraby found text messages on her partner’s phone that incriminated him in bit on the side. Understandably, she was pretty brassed off. Less understandably, she went about trying to kill him.
Stabbing him a total of 5 times in the head, arms and chest she came within a whisker of putting an end to the affair in the most permanent way possible. Somehow, her partner Michael Dixon survived.
He must have had the mother of all guilt complexes. When the police arrested her for the assault, he refused to testify against her, claiming to have fallen on a knife. Errr. He didn’t take the stand during the trial, but the whole ‘falling on a knife thing’ failed to convince the jury, as did her solictor’s claim that:
“She is a mild mannered, gentle, kind person who is not prone to anger or confrontation”
Anyway, she’s been carted off for a 2 and a half stretch for her crime, to join this week’s roll-call of people who’ve found themselves on the wrong end of the law when adultery has come to light. Let that be a warning to cheating housewives everywhere.
Australia has just been turned into viper’s nest for people looking for a quick extramarital shag. Under their Family Act, common-law spouses and long-term lovers are accorded similar rights to those enjoyed by wives and husbands.
In this case, the woman was his secret lover for 22 years – during which time he took her around the world on “business trips” and even attended posh dinner functions alongside him. How the other half live, eh? When it came to finally dumping her, she demanded compensation – a move that must have startled him somewhat. Originally he acceded to her unusual request, but then backed out, at which point she took him to court.
Finding in her favour, the judge ordered the man to pay her 55 grand – in recognition of the support and love she had shown to him over many years.
We think it’s an interesting development in relationship law, and probably not one without merit. This woman had happiness with this guy for decades – and he certainly gave her something of a lifestyle to which she had become accustomed.
And then he thinks he can just chuck her like its a teenage school romance? Affairs like this come with responsibility – not just your own personal emotional responsibility, but a duty towards the person who is who is your confidante, lover. In a way, he got off lightly. We’ve all seen Fatal Attraction, right?
We often laugh merrily when a celebrity gets caught in-flagrante outside their marriage. We probably – fairly or unfairly – assume that the emotional damage to their other half might at least be assuaged by some cash, a TV appearance or two or maybe a serialised autobiography deal.
Away from the limelight, those whose partners have cheated can of course face isolation, poverty and emotional heartbreak. And in some parts of the world, even worse fates await those who get caught themselves.
Islamist hardliners in Somalia recently stoned Abas Hussein Abdirahman, 33, to death in front of a crowd of onlookers in the port town of Merka. This is the third such stoning in 2009 and marks the extreme end of anti-adultery feeling. While few of us would condone cheating, we’d probably draw the line at stoning the cheat. Even Somalia’s president – and such a post is very loosely defined in that part of the world at the moment – has felt compelled tp condemn the stoning as ‘un-islamic’.
Nontheless, the good townsfolk of Merka are waiting for the Other Women in this sorry case to give birth so they can stone her too. We’re inclined to say that that is pretty low.
Stoning is still abominably prevalent in parts of the Muslim world in particular. In Iran, stonings continue to be carried out on a regular basis and Somalia, as we have seen is a veritable hotbed for the practice.
Ricky Whittle’s chiselled caramel torso has been setting fire to the nations’ collective undergarments ever since he strutted onto the stage in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. As well as his Hollywood good lucks and Hollyoaks fan club, he has also been seeing fellow Channel 4 stunner Carley Stenson – who plays opposite him in the teatime soap.
The couple have announced their split and it is believed to have its roots in – yep, you guessed it – infidelity.
Whittle is alleged to have been sleeping with model Charlie Allen last year after meeting her in a Blackpool nightclub (the glamourous lives of the stars!) and plying her with classic lies like “I’m single” and ”bald men are sexier”
Anyway, after stumbling on together for a year, Whittle has found out the hard way that adultery can be a one-way pass to singledom.
I’m sure he’s very bothered by that. Bastard.
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie is famous for… er… being the singer in the Black Eyed Peas, I guess. She’s smokin’ hot and loaded. And yet, according to reports, her 10 month old marriage to Josh Duhamel is under strain following claims made by a stripper that he had a fling with her.
Normally for celebs, they’re the ones out cheating. They’re talented, wealthy and have millions of acolytes who’ll try anything to get a squeeze on their favourite poster boy/girl. All that temptation means that more often than not, the childhood sweetheart they married finds themselves dumped in favour of some amazing piece of ass.
The flipside of the coin is someone like Duhamel finding themselves alone at home while their spouse is off gallavanting around the globe on promotional junkets.
Hell – people whose spouses are accountants get the urge to fill a gap in their lives while hubby is at a Account Expo 09 in Pissant Hill, Georgia. God knows what it’s like when your partner is a world-class sex bomb away on tour for 9 months of the year.
Anyway, the couple are staying tight-lipped. In the absence of a PR war, that might mean that the couple of spending private time together to sort out their troubles, rather than fighting it out through the pages of the scandal sheets.
Here’s hoping they make it! (although: Fergie honey – my number is….)
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